Free speech and freedom of expression will be studied in their wider political, historical, social and legal context including the international human rights instruments. Topics will include the theoretical foundations of free speech, the impact of international human rights instruments, the balancing of competing values and interests, e.g. privacy, group - libel and the protection of the Judicial process. Special attention will be given, throughout the course, to the media law and practice in a number of countries ( U.K., France, Germany, the USA) as well as to recent reforms of the press law in Central and Eastern Europe.
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